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What causes the necessity of open heart surgery?

Multiple. Some patients have such extensive coronary blockage for which multiple stents are not sufficient and open-heart surgery is required. Currently, valve replacement cannot be done without open-heart surgery although the incisions are getting smaller. As technology improves, more and more of the coronary and valve repair will be done in the catheterization laboratory and not in the operating room. Read more...
Surgical disease. Open heart surgery is needed for advanced severe coronary artery disease, valve disease, septal defects , aneurysms, and transplants. Read more...

With my heart problems would I be able to live a normal life, and at some point would I need heart surgery?

Not clear. What is your heart trouble? If coronary, then good behavior, risk avoidance, and if later coronary grafts can be done . Read more...
Be more specific. There is such a range of different heart conditions, it is hard to answer without more information. Read more...

I have endocarditis caused by aspergillus, is heart surgery necessary?

Depends. If valves are infected they may not be salvegable and surgery will be necessary for survival. Read more...
Usually. Aspergillus endocarditis is generally fatal without a combination of surgery and antifungal therapy. Read more...

Could being born with a heart defect that require open heart surgery cause mental retardation?

Complex issue. Kids who have a normal intellect at birth tend to lag far behind their age equivalent peers on academic progress if they have complex congenital heart disease, this disparity tends to increase with increased time for hospital care and away from school. For others, the chd is just one parameter of a genetic or chromosome disorder that has reduced intellectual abilities to start with. Read more...